The Boeing B747-200F “Jumbo Jet” is a long haul cargo aircraft capable of transporting 111,583 kg via an internal pallet system. Cargo pallets require a high-loader to access its main deck.
The quadjet 747 uses a double-deck configuration for part of its length and is available in passenger, freighter, and other versions.
Raised above the main deck, the cockpit creates a hump. This raised cockpit allows front loading of cargo on freight variants. The upper deck behind the cockpit provides space for a lounge and/or extra seating. The “stretched upper deck” became available as an alternative on the 747-100B variant and later as standard beginning on the 747-300.
The 747 cockpit roof section also has an escape hatch from which crew can exit during the events of an emergency if they cannot do so through the cabin.
The 747 has redundant structures along with four redundant hydraulic systems and four main landing gears each with four wheels; these provide a good spread of support on the ground and safety in case of tire blow-outs. The main gear are redundant so that landing can be performed on two opposing landing gears if the others are not functioning properly.
The 747 also has split control surfaces and was designed with sophisticated triple-slotted flaps that minimize landing speeds and allow the 747 to use standard-length runways. For transportation of spare engines, the 747 can accommodate a non-functioning fifth-pod engine under the aircraft’s port wing between the inner functioning engine and the fuselage.
As of July 2018, eight 747-200s remain in service as freighters.
Procharter has chartered many 747-200F freighters to global destinations.
Aircraft of similar capability are: Airbus A340, Ilyushin Il-96, Antonov An-124, Boeing 777, McDonnell Douglas MD-12, Sukhoi KR-860.